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Interesting update on newspaper print sales, and a plan to …

Comment on The Day I was on the Scotland U-23 Bench by StevieBC.

Interesting update on newspaper print sales, and a plan to demolish ‘The Press Bar’ in Glasgow.
Further proof that times have indeed changed irrevocably for print journalists.

“…In November, the Daily Record sold 161,400 on a typical day – down from 181,150 in November 2015.
As recently as August 2011, the Record sold more than 300,000 copies a day…”

An almost 50% drop in output in c.5 years and dropping further still.

And the DR’s tattered reputation will be a significant hindrance to a successful transition to a non-print business model, IMO.

Oh well.

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Looks like FIFA have taken UEFA’s lead to expand their competition in the blatant pursuit of maximising profits.

However, as many footy fans know, the ‘Champions’ League has been seriously devalued, and only becomes interesting (usually) at the knockout rounds.

A further, bloated World Cup Finals means more games, more money…and even more first round tedium.

At least FIFA, UEFA and the SFA/SPFL are aligned;

– maintain short term focus on cash (& personal objectives / bonuses?)

– ignore the fans (as most successful org’s ignore their customers… 09)

– bend over as necessary for the TV companies, (until they don’t have the cash or lose interest in an overpriced sport.)

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Extracted from DR today / a Fraser Wilson article;
“SPFL languishing 16th in table of TV money across European football – behind Poland, Denmark and Romania”

Scottish football is lagging behind nations including Romania, Denmark and Poland in broadcast revenue levels, a UEFA report has revealed…”

That’s not bad for the DR.

IIRC, ‘Stevensanph’ posted the analyses which showed us just how undervalued the Scottish TV rights were, in relation to other Euro leagues.

That particular Bampot posted his very credible report about 4.5 years ago

[ Found it at; ]

Suppose better late than never for the SMSM.

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Another site having a pop at this website, for reasons unclear ?
Yet both sites have similar overall objectives, IMO.

But suppose it must be validation of sorts: to be ignored would be worse? 09

Keep fighting the good fight BP, Tris et al. 

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It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
Just a wild idea…

But, what if King declared himself bankrupt?
[Well in a court recently, he did claim he was ‘penniless’].

Of course anyone who knows of the glib and shameless one would assume King would have assets hidden, or in his wife’s name – a la wee Bazza?

Would bankruptcy effectively kill off the TOP sanctions?

At this point it seems that King’s reputation is ruined in Scotland – and with the bears and even with the SMSM?

King’s time is up playing charades as ‘the Rangers saviour’, and he must – you would think – be thinking about preserving his remaining wealth as he approaches retirement…?  09

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Mibbees after 20 years of failure, the national team and the SFA don’t deserve a dedicated, national stadium?

And Hampden is simply not worth keeping as a football venue for mainly sentimental reasons, IMO.

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CO, I think Phil’s scoop about the manner of Nicholl’s appointment deserves a: Wow Just Wow!
It displays how dysfunctional the management structure at Ibrox has become, and you would think, it is a massive red flag.
[Apart from having no cash.]

I also have my fingers and toes crossed that in 2018 my £20 bet on TRFC finishes bottom 6 comes in – with the help of an Admin. event.

[Thanks to fellow Bampots for the tip: interestingly Sky wouldn’t accept a £50 bet for a 150/1 long shot…]

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All the best for 2018 Bampots!

And just have to add this headline from the esteemed DR, so it must be true;

“Bluenoses out of joint as Rangers pub to be turned into gay sauna’s bar”

Couldn’t possibly comment on the article…but a couple of sentences did jump out as sounding familiar;

“…Annie Millers was one of Glasgow’s most hardcore Rangers haunts and it was a real shock for a lot of fans when it closed last year.
A lot of drinkers were hoping that someone might rescue the pub so it could reopen as it was before. This definitely won’t happen now…


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Guessing it’s quiet as the Bampots have been out watching the footy…or getting dragged around the shops by their better half for the sales ?!

Wife told me last night about the Dembele ‘sale’.
Immediate reaction was that it was nonsense from the SMSM.

There ‘could’ be some truth in it: e.g. an off-the-record tip from either CFC or Dembele’s agent, perhaps to simply instigate a bidding war ?

But, my initial reaction to any big story is to always doubt the SMSM’s veracity: the lamb munchers were exposed a long time ago…and it’s a surprise that the DR in particular is still on sale in hard copy format. 

If he is sold for X millions, how will the SMSM / Level42 spin that as ‘bad news’ for CFC…and bad for Scottish football ?  22

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